Information About

The Region of Waterloo

The Region

Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community with all the amenities of a large urban centre along with the charm and character of a smaller rural community. Each of the cities offer its own unique charm and character with boutique shops, farmers’ markets, a variety of restaurants and thriving public squares.

The History

In 1784, in recognition of their war efforts, the Six Nations were granted a substantial tract of land along the Grand River. The land extended six miles wide on each side of the Grand, taken at the mouth extending to the head of the river. By 1798, Blocks 1, 2 and 3 had been sold, and in 1816 they became Waterloo, Woolwich and Dumfries Townships.

Cities and Townships

The Region of Waterloo consists of the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo (collectively called the Tri-Cities), and the townships of Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot, and North Dumfries.

Select the city’s logo to view more information.

Getting Around

Whether you get around Waterloo Region on foot, on bicycle, by car or on public transit, the key to efficient travel is a good, up-to-date map.

The Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo Transit Route Map is the complete street map. It includes all transit routes, schools, shopping and entertainment centres, civic and historic sites, arenas, community centres and sports fields. For cyclists, it marks all the bike lanes and multi-use trails in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.

Waste Management

The Region of Waterloo provides residential blue box, green bin, garbage, yard waste, and bulky item/appliance collection in all seven area municipalities. They also operate the Region’s one landfill and two transfer stations.


The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

The full-service airport, which supports commercial, corporate and general aviation, is centrally located in southwestern Ontario (Canada), only 10 minutes from Hwy. 401 and within a 20 minute drive from the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.

Daily non-stop service to Calgary and weekly non-stop seasonal service to Orlando is provided by WestJet. Weekly seasonal service between Waterloo Region and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is provided by Sunwing.


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